Stephen Zantz tackles fan-submitted questions in this week’s Pick Six!
The PickSix column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.
Will Parkinson offers his thoughts on Elijah Moore.
The hype train is humming over at One Jets Drive over the Jets second round pick Elijah Moore. The rookie wideout from Ole Miss who lead college football in yards per game last season has impressed in OTAs and minicamps thus far and the excitement from the coaching staff and fan base is skyrocketing. The question I, and many others, keep getting asked is “what are realistic expectations?” or “what is Elijah Moore’s ceiling?” The 5’9″, 178 lb. speedster is hoping to take the NFL and his Jets career by storm.
There have been many comparisons to Elijah Moore’s game and size from players like Steve Smith, Santana Moss and Tyreek Hill to guys like Antonio Brown and current Jet Jamison Crowder. While it is lofty praise for the 21 year old to be compared to Antonio Brown, who is arguably the best wideout over the past decade in the NFL, draft analyst Ryan Roberts said on the TOJ Pod that he would be wary of doing so: “…wow, that is some comparison and am a bit wary of something like that.” While Roberts didn’t feel great about the comparison, he did mention Moore’s elite ability to get open and create space saying that Moore is “…one of the best manipulators of space in this year’s draft.” While Moore’s style is like Brown’s, Moore has also reminded a lot of scouts and fans of Steve Smith and Santana Moss for their game breaking speed and ability in tight space but being incredible tough slot receivers with minimal drops. Moore has reps from the X and Z position as well but will function mostly out of the slot in this west coast Shanahan scheme for gang green. For the Jets’ sake, if Moore turns out to be any of the aforementioned players at pick at 34, he will be a homerun pick and building block for the future.
Rookie wideouts have had the ability to come into the NFL right away over the past 2 years and make instant impacts, especially guys who possess an elite trait. Big bodied late 1st and 2nd round receivers like D.K. Metcalf, Terry McLaurin, Chase Claypool, Tee Higgins, AJ Brown and Brandon Aiyuk have all seen success because of their size, speed and ball skills early in their career. For guys like Justin Jefferson and Deebo Samuel who have used their elite quickness and route running to make massive impacts out of a primary slot position early in their careers. Jefferson and Samuel offer a great platform for a guy like Moore who posses those qualities and will be in a very similar scheme to the ones ran in Minnesota and San Francisco.
Long term what kind of career is he projected to have? If you look at where he can get to as his NFL ceiling it becomes a bit more challenging. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has mentioned Moore as “an outstanding route runner” and a “natural hands catcher,” which bodes well for Moore becoming one of the top slot wideouts in the NFL and someone who projects to be a heavy-target option going forward. In today’s NFL you don’t have to be the traditional big bodied X wideout to be a team’s #1 guy, and it is realistic to think Moore will be that guy over the next 5-7 years. He is a guy who will be talked about down the line as an 80 catch, 1200-yard, 8-10 touchdown a year player who is always in contention to be pro bowl level player. It’s something the Jets have been looking for since the days of Keyshawn and Coles, and Joe Douglas hopes this is the Jets cornerstone offensive weapon of the future.
DA Osorio presents his mock draft 2.0!
With the NFL Draft exactly two weeks away, what better time than to give ya’ll my latest mock draft? This one comes with a slight twist, as its me trying to tackle what I THINK Joe Douglas will do. Let me be clear: this isn’t what i’d do, as Douglas and I very clearly disagree on a few things. Namely the QB he’s seemingly hitching his career as Jets GM to, re-signing Robby Anderson, and whether he should’ve upgraded the interior offensive line during free agency. Be that as it may, let’s take some swings and see what we end up with. I’ve said for months that I think the Jets have four trades in them on draft night, so I try to predict those here.
DA Osorio offers his instant reaction on the Sam Darnold Trade.
In a move that everybody should’ve seen coming, the New York Jets have traded Quarterback Sam Darnold. What many didn’t see coming, judging by the amount of times a lot of us suggested other teams, was that it would be the Carolina Panthers that would pony up the draft capital Joe Douglas wanted to move on from his presumptive starter three weeks before the NFL Draft.
Dan Essien with a quick follow-up on an old take about how to assemble a great pass rush.
Two years ago I wrote about the importance of variety along the defensive line particularly when it comes to establishing a consistent and effectiveness pass rush. Several teams have exemplified the value of this approach since then. I’m bringing it back partly to explore new examples for further emphasis. I’m also revisiting this topic because Robert Saleh and the new regime will value edge pressure more than the previous one did. FINALLY.
Stephen Russo explains why the Jets got this coaching decision right.
For the better part of a decade, the New York Jets have been swimming in the sewers of ineptitude. They have consistently had the look and perception of dysfunction. They have taken repeated half-measured attempts at digging themselves out, only to find themselves deeper in the hole of mediocrity that we are all so desperate to climb out of. And now, after the 2020 season, the Jets are proud owners of the longest playoff drought in the NFL. And as the offseason officially begins (which is typically a Jets’ fans Super Bowl), I ask you to put everything on hold for just a brief moment. Forget the Deshaun Watson drama. Don’t worry about Zach Wilson or Justin Fields. Forget Darnold and if he’ll stay or how much he will get us in return if traded.
Stephen Zantz with a closer look at Sam Darnold’s statistical performance in week 1 vs the Buffalo Bills…
This will be my weekly column discussing the performance of Sam Darnold. The Jets traveled to Buffalo today fell to the Bills 27 – 17. Here is the deep dive of Sam Darnold’s performance.
Dan Essien addresses the myriad of excuses around Adam Gase’s performance this year for the New York Jets…
The New York Jets are in a tough spot right now as an organization. They were supposed to be competitive this season after their most important offseason in decades. They’ve been almost the complete opposite under head coach Adam Gase. There have been many excuses for their poor start but those excuses often don’t paint the whole picture. Let’s discuss why there may not be much of reason to use the “wait and see” approach this time.
Dan Essien takes a look at what the true value of a #1 wide receiver is and if the Jets need one as bad as many think.
The concept of a “true #1 wide receiver” has been around for a while. It’s one of those buzzword categories we usually tack into every team’s checklist, similar to “shutdown corner.” But with the current direction of offenses in the NFL, it’s worth re-examining what the value of a “#1 wide receiver” really is now. To do so, let’s look at the top scoring offenses in the NFL and what role a true #1 receiver does or does not play. Then we’ll examine where the Jets situation on offense stacks up.
Dan Essien examines the NFL’s best defensive fronts and how they should influence the New York Jets 3rd overall pick.
The biggest debate for the Jets front office and for the fans is who the Jets should draft in the first round. With Nick Bosa almost a sure thing to San Francisco at 2, much of this debate has centered around Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen. Lately, Ed Oliver has started to gain some steam. While the strategy of best player available has been the Jets approach, I believe there’s a league pattern they should be paying close attention to. Especially if they end up not trading out of the 3rd overall pick Let’s discuss how some of the best front lines in the NFL have valued variety over redundancy when building their defensive front.